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Document Am I entitled to free NHS dental treatment if I am in full time education?

Aged under 18

You are entitled to free NHS dental treatment if at the time your course of treatment begins you are under the age of 18.


Aged 18
 
You are entitled to free NHS dental treatment if at the time your course of treatment begins you are aged 18 and are in full time education at school, college, university or similar, such as home tutored.
 
This entitlement continues during the standard holiday breaks within your course as long as you remain 18, however if you have left one type of education, such as college, and plan on continuing in full time education somewhere else, such as university, you will only be entitled to free NHS dental treatment during the break if you have a letter offering you a place for the following term.
 
Please note, you will not be considered as being in full time education if you are in work based learning, such as an apprenticeship, and receiving a training allowance.


Aged 19

Automatic exemption stops once you reach the age of 19 regardless of whether you are in full time education, however you are entitled to free NHS dental treatment if someone (usually your parent / guardian);
You may need to provide evidence when claiming free NHS dental treatment. This should be either;
  • your parent / guardian’s Tax Credit award notice that includes you as a child dependant and shows their income used to work out their Child Tax Credit is not more than £15,276, or;
     
  • your parent / guardian’s qualifying benefit award letter and your parent / guardian’s Tax Credit award notice that includes you as a child dependant, or;
     
  • your parent / guardian’s qualifying benefit award letter which includes an amount for you, or;
     
  • your parent / guardian's Universal Credit statement and a letter from the educational establishment confirming you are still enrolled in full time education.
If you are not covered by the above criteria you will need to complete an HC1 form to be financially assessed for help with your health costs.


Aged 20 or over
 
You are not automatically entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you are aged 20 or over regardless of whether you are in full time education.
 
If you do not already have a valid exemption, you will need to complete an HC1 form to be financially assessed for help with your health costs.



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